Senior Conductors at East Midlands Railway delivered a 74% yes vote in the recent re-ballot for strike action with further Sunday strikes announced up until 10 October. They are happy to be joined today, and for the next 7 weeks, by EMR Train Managers taking strike action in a separate dispute over the safe working of 360s in multiple.
This will put more strain on EMR managers who have been scabbing by covering some guards work. Hopefully they’ll be stretched to the point where they’ll follow the example of their Abellio colleagues on Scotrail who last week voted for strike action to stop the company forcing them to cover striking RMT members and understaffing.
And some of these managers really could do with the break, like the one whose impromptu attempt at bullying TMs at Kettering by imposing DOO backfired when ASLEF quickly threatened to go into dispute: perhaps he’s secretly on our side.